The MLB playoff schedule 2010 heads for two straight doubleheaders. Today, the MLB playoff schedule 2010 starts with the NLCS, before the ALCS returns to action. The direction of the NLCS is still in question, although some big answers can come from today’s Phillies-Giants Game 3. Meanwhile, the ALCS looks completely in control for the Rangers, as the Yankees may need to be perfect from here on in. But today’s winners may be in very good shape the rest of the way.
The NLCS moves to San Francisco today, as they have to take the afternoon slot at 4:19 pm est. Although this may not be the best time slot for San Francisco fans, since the game is starting after 1 pm there, they still have the home field advantage in the series.
The third NLCS pitching duel on the MLB playoff schedule 2010 pits Cole Hamels against Matt Cain. Hamels was the second Phillies’ pitcher to throw a shutout in the NLDS, and has a history of postseason dominance. However, he has not usually performed well in San Francisco, and neither has the Phillies offense, so Hamels might have a slim margin for error today.
Cain has been an even more consistent pitcher for the Giants than Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez. Yet the Phillies have had their way with Cain in the past, and he too, will have a small margin for error if the Giants bats don’t wake up.
Whoever falls behind in the NLCS today will have a lot of uncertainty to deal with. Tomorrow’s game is the first on the playoff schedule that isn’t between Phillies and Giants aces, as Madison Bumgarner faces Joe Blanton. Today’s loser will have to rely on someone outside their “Big Three” to stay in range, making Game 3 that much more crucial.
The Yankees are already facing a hole in the ALCS, and apparently won’t rely on C.C. Sabathia to dig them out. After Cliff Lee destroyed them in Game 3, the Yankees will try to even things up with the Rangers, behind the questionable A.J. Burnett.
Now that Texas is up 2-1, and has dominated much of the ALCS, New York now looks like the underdogs in the series. Their only hope of advancing through the playoffs may be to stay perfect from here on in. Even one more loss will leave Lee ready to pitch Game 7 in Texas – and at this point, that seems like an impossible hurdle.
Today’s games could be very revealing, as crucial momentum is on the line in New York and San Francisco. The NLCS and ALCS momentum has already shifted multiple times, but the next few shifts could be fatal for the losers.
The playoff schedule resumes with the Phillies-Giants Game 3 at 4:19 pm est on FOX, followed by the Rangers-Yankees Game 4 at 8:07 pm est on TBS.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
SI.com- “Ross only Giants’ bat making noise while Yankees’ have been silent”